To understand and follow the events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, watching the Marvel movies and shows in the order they were released won't cut it. That's why we've created a different Marvel movie order, arranged by when the events actually occur. Although Iron Man is considered the official start of the MCU, it's not necessarily the first Marvel film you should watch. Instead, I recommend starting with Captain America: The First Avenger, which was released in 2011 and is the fifth film from Marvel Studios. The story begins in 1942, decades before Iron Man even comes onto the scene.

For this chronological watch guide, we're featuring the Marvel feature movies and all the new Disney+ shows. However, I do need to warn you there will be spoilers along the way. If you're looking to avoid any plot twists or surprises, head to the bottom of this guide for a full list of every Marvel movie and TV show. We've also compiled a few other lists for you to explore, depending on what you're looking for.